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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

Participatory Action Research and Geographies of Trauma Event

15:00 - 16:30
6 May 2020

Event details

28th Annual Gregory Lecture

To join the lecture please use the following Teams Live Event link.

The Gregory Lecture was inaugurated in 1993 and named in honour of Professor Ken Gregory, a world-leading geomorphologist and geographer and former Head of Department, Dean of Science and Deputy Vice Chancellor and now a visiting professor at the University. He was appointed CBE in 2007 for services to geography and higher education. The aim of the Gregory Lecture series was, and continues to be, to provide a forum for academic discourse between the world's leading geographers.

Professor Pain will outline some of the key principles of Participatory Action Research, including maintaining openness and flexibility in the research agenda, involving participants at all stages of the process, and building trust through a discussion of a project with a group of domestic abuse survivors. In the course of the project they used methods including discussion groups, drawing, creative writing and music to explore the nature and effects of trauma in everyday life. The paper explores the collective feeling of trauma that began to develop around individual stories of trauma, and the way this shaped the conceptual framework for understanding trauma.

The lecture includes quotations from survivors of domestic abuse.

Speaker information

Rachel Pain,Newcastle University,Rachel Pain is a Professor of Human Geography at Newcastle University and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on violence, fear and trauma, and is informed by feminist and participatory theory, practice and activism. She collaborates with a range of voluntary and public sector organisations, and has led a number of participatory projects using arts-based methods. She has also written on the implications of co-production for the nature and measurement of research impact.

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